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A card's edition is a designation on TCG and some OCG cards that indicates the printing that the card was printed in. This designation is only used in the TCG, and Korean and Asian-English OCG; it is not used in the Japanese or Chinese OCG.
There are three different editions of cards:
- 1st Edition: Used for cards that are produced for the initial printing run of a set.
- Unlimited Edition: Used for cards that are produced after the original printing run of a set.
- Limited Edition: Used for cards that are delivered for certain promotional events or limited products, such as Sneak Peek Participation Cards or Collectible Tin promotional cards
The edition of a card is marked in two ways: The edition text and the color of the security foil in the lower right corner of the card.
|Edition||Edition text||Security foil color|
|1st Edition||1st Edition||Gold|
|Limited Edition||LIMITED EDITION||Gold|
From Series 9 onward, for cards without limitation text, the edition text is located on the bottom of the card, to the right of the password (leaving a space for the password even if the card has none). For cards with limitation text other than Pendulum Monsters, the edition text is located in its previous position; Pendulum Monsters with limitation text do not have edition text.
Some other designators are placed in the same position that the edition text was placed from Series 3 to 8. These designators are not edition text, but instead indicate that the cards are also part of another game, in addition to the TCG or OCG.
- Duel Terminal cards are marked with a special "DUEL TERMINAL" text located under the left side of the card's artwork.
- Most Speed Duel cards are marked with the Speed Duel Logo (as the text "SPEED DUEL") under the left side of the card's artwork. (Some older Speed Duel cards only have this logo underneath the card text box.) Only cards with the Speed Duel Logo can be used during Speed Duels, although Speed Duel cards can be used in the TCG as well as in Speed Duels.